What Causes Watery Eyes Or Dry Eyes?
Watery eyes or dry eyes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose watery eyes or dry eyes, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "watery eyes or dry eyes" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities:
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Dry Eye
- Low Estrogens
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
having hot flashes
frequent painful inguinal nodes
long term neck pain
moderate eye discharge
high alcohol consumption
being easily irritated
dark urine color
hot flashes between period
severe tongue swelling
very bloodshot eyes
... and more than 90 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of watery eyes or dry eyes:
|Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Eyes/Ocular Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about eye moistness or dryness:
How moist do your eyes tend to be?
→ Usually very dry, I need eye drops
→ Sometimes slightly dry
→ About average / don't know
→ Sometimes slightly too moist / watery
→ Usually watery / too moist, causing teariness
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very dry eyes, dry eyes, watery eyes or very watery eyes, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
The body's response to dehydration is to conserve as much fluid as possible, including fluid in the eyes, which can lead to dry eyes.
"Dry eye" is a symptom of certain autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's syndrome.
Red and teary eyes or blurred vision are common symptoms.
"Dry eye" is a symptom of certain autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's syndrome, in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the tear ducts and saliva glands.
... and also rule out issues such as:
Concerned or curious about your health? Try The Analyst™